At the end of the 1941 John Huston film The Maltese Falcon, based on the Dashiell Hammett novel, Sergeant Tom Polhaus asks Sam Spade about the heavy, black statuette of a falcon that was the cause of all the mystery and murder.
“Heavy,” he says. “What is it?”
Our hard boiled detective, Sam Spade, replies, “The, uh, stuff that dreams are made of.”
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I Write the Class:
Questionnaire for the Beginning of a Composition Class
Major (or possible major):
1. What kinds of texts do you like to read and why? (Be specific about forms, for example status updates on social networks, comic books, or scientific articles, as well as genres, such as science fiction, mystery or autobiography.)
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What are the earliest instances of metafiction, or fiction about fiction? I don’t know much about early Chinese literature, but the story I told of the invention of writing in Hunters, the First Readers to Write a Story could be called metafictional, since it is a story about the invention of writing itself.
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